Just to remind you: though I grew up in Sydney (in The Shire!) I visited relatives in Wollongong and Shellharbour from the 1940s on, moving to Wollongong myself in 1970-1981 and returning in 2010. So I have seen the place over a long period. As I first remember it:
Corner of Crown and Keira Streets late 40s or early 50s
Crown Street 1964 (below)
Note that the David Jones store is now in place, flag flying on the right.
The southern corner of Crown and Keira down to Burelli Street is currently dominated by Myer. Not for much longer.
I have to admit on the occasions I have walked through lately I haven’t all that often seen people buying things. At Diggers Alex has been saying for months that Myer would go. Now: Myer closes its Wollongong store: David Jones to relaunch.
Myer is exiting Wollongong when its lease runs out on October 2 and David Jones will turn the space into a world class department store.
Myer chief executive and managing director Richard Umbers announced the company’s decision to close its Wollongong and Orange stores on Friday saying it was to improve productivity across the entire business and return it to profitable growth….
David Jones revealed its new look Wollongong Central store will open in late 2017.
A spokesperson said it was too early to say whether there would be an increase in staff when the new store opens.
At 8600sqm it will be a similar size and operate on three floors offering fashion, beauty, accessories, home and an expanded food offering.
David Jones Wollongong Central will feature a similar international award winning design to the new Eastland, Melbourne and Pacific Fair store on the Gold Coast…